Perimeter Security Radar:
Critical infrastructures such as airports, harbors, nuclear power plants, pipelines, encampments and other sensitive sites require reliable surveillance capabilities to detect intruders. This requirement was traditionally met by guards using visual observation. But experience has demonstrated that this solution can be of limited effectiveness in conditions of reduced visibility and, as a result, can provide an inadequate security response time.
Millimeter wave (MMW) Perimeter Security Radar (PSR) brings three important features to the surveillance solution:
ability to penetrate poor visibility environments
ability to quickly detect moving targets over a 360° field-of-view
accurate ranging capability extending to over 1000 meters
ICX Radar Systems is developing their next-generation coherent MMW PSR system to significantly reduce traditional radar acquisition cost and to provide high reliability for 24/7 applications. Because of the radar echo principle, MMW radar easily provides accurate target position and velocity data. Also because millimeter waves are much longer than optical wavelengths (mm vs microns), they easily penetrate adverse weather and most obscurants such as smoke, sand and dust. Millimeter-wave radar therefore provides essential capability and reliability for integrated surveillance systems. Combining the MMW radar that can quickly scan and detect moving targets over a 360° field-of-view with Electro-Optical sensors that provide for high-resolution imaging and active sonar swimmer detection systems represents the ultimate and most reliable all-weather intrusion detection solution.
Surface Search Radar:
A uniquely packaged high performance radar with all components in the volume of a coffee can.
This compact millimeter wave radar is designed to be vertical mounted. Provided only with power, it returns image frames via an Ethernet interface, ensuring rapid and low cost system integration. The system weighs a mere 10 Lbs., making installation a snap.
Applications for this compact radar range from perimeter security of strategic facilities to special operations missions from a variety of platforms (ground, maritime or aerial vehicle).
The radar may be programmed to sweep 360° or individual sectors per the mission requirements. The system may also be integrated with a vessel or navigation system which can provide the radar with vehicle heading, enabling the radar to return north-up or track-up images as required.
The system has two basic power modes for short and long range with the shorter pulse short-range mode for most precise location of detected objects. Clutter suppression is achieved via sensitivity control as well as in video processing (included in support package).
Other features and benefits:
Blanking modes are provided to ensure smooth integration with other electronic equipment.
Preprogrammed operation mode to optimize surveillance
To learn more about this exciting radar, please contact ICX Radar Systems
Obstacle Warning Systems:
OASYS Radar is an obstacle awareness system designed to detect objects in a helicopter’s flight path in all sorts of weather and flight conditions. Through snow, light rain, smoke, mist, fog and dust, OASYS Radar detects potential hazards like towers, buildings, terrain, and both live and dead power lines.
This innovative radar system emits electromagnetic pulses at a frequency of 35 GHz. These pulses bounce off obstacles in or near the flight path. The system assesses the criticality of the obstacles and alerts the pilot with a display and audio warning. When the flight path is modified to avoid an obstacle, the system automatically adjusts, updating the information in real time.
Obstacles detected by OASYS Radar are classified into three distinct levels of alerts. A white light indicates that there is no direct threat to the aircraft. An amber LED accompanied by a voice warning—”Obstacle”—indicates that the obstacle detected could quickly become a threat and that the pilot should exercise caution. A red light accompanied by a strong voice warning repeating “Obstacle Obstacle” indicates imminent danger that requires the pilot to maneuver to avoid the obstacle.
In the example shown here, the blue triangle is derived from the helicopter flight path.
OASYS Radar is the first obstacle awareness system designed to meet the needs of civil and tactical applications operators alike. It adapts readily to helicopters with both digital and non-digital avionics.
Operators in the following areas are among those who benefit the most from OASYS Radar performance:
Emergency Medical Services (EMS)
Airborne Law Enforcement (ALE)
Search & Rescue (S&R)
UAV Detect See & Avoid:
Self-contained ability to detect and avoid other aircraft in flight has been demonstrated with the ICX Radar Systems (formerly Amphitech) DSA radar technology. Based on ICX Radar Systems’ (formerly Amphitech) OWS radar for helicopters, the DSA radar employs a unique scanning strategy assuring detection of all non-cooperative (no transponder on board, such as General Aviation, glider and others) targets that may pose a threat to the UAV flight safety.
ICX Radar Systems (formerly Amphitech), in cooperation with ERAST and NASA, demonstrated the ability of ICX Radar Systems’ (formerly Amphitech) radar technology to detect, track and report a variety of aircraft in flight at ranges up to 8 NM providing adequate time to take the appropriate evasive maneuver.
Where Ground Station interaction is required, preprocessing of target data by the radar computer results in minimal downlink bandwidth requirements. This “efficient interface” scheme is also a benefit where the avoidance maneuver is computed by the on board navigation system. The track-while-scan functionality assures that multiple threats can be assessed concurrently and with prioritization.
The ICX Radar Systems (formerly Amphitech) radar also detects heavy concentrations of moisture in rain clouds and thunderstorms, thus permitting evasion from conditions that could prevent mission success or endanger the aerial vehicle.